Establishment of an Accident Investigation Committee for the Accident at Yokkaichi Plant

An explosion and fire occurred on 9th January, 2014 at Mitsubishi Materials' Yokkaichi Plant. We offer our profound apologies for this disaster. We mourn the loss of lives by this accident and offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved families. We also extend our sincerest apologies to the people who were injured, as well as members of the local community, related authorities, customers and shareholders for the resulting inconvenience.
In relation to this accident, we announce the establishment of an accident investigation committee, with members of the academia and external specialists, to investigate causes of the explosion and fire accident at Yokkaichi Plant.

  1. Date of Establishment:
    17th January, 2014
  2. Purpose of the committee:
    To investigate the causes of the accident and to develop preventive measures against recurrences
  3. Committee members:

    Academia and external specialists

    Dr. Masamitsu Tamura
    Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo
    Dr. Yasuyuki Suzuki
    Professor, Division of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University
    Mr. Hirotaka Akatsuka
    Senior Assistant General Manager, The High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan
    Dr. Kunio Mochida
    Dean of Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University

    Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

    Dr. Osamu Iida
    Managing Director, In charge of Production Engineering
    Mr. Wataru Saiki
    General Manager of Electronic Materials & Components Research, Central Research Institute
  4. Other information:
    The chairperson of this committee will be elected during the first meeting